Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
SPODE, Charlotte Beatriz and MERLO, Álvaro Roberto Crespo. Police work and mental health: a research with Military Police Captains. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2006, vol.19, n.3, pp. 362-370. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722006000300004.
This article conveys a research report in which the relations between the work of Military Police Captains and their mental health were approached, arising from the aspects of this profession that generate pleasure and suffering. Three procedures were adopted as methodological strategies: Documental research, observation of daily work and interviews. The results show that in spite of the excessive administrative working load and perils inherent to the profession, the pleasure in work is related to management activities, which provide spaces for creating in the workplace. However, the pressures imposed by the disciplinary mechanism of vigilance and control, characteristics of the organization of military police work, constitute in itself a source of suffering. Since they engender the division of workers and impose barriers where bonds of cooperation and confidence are needed, aspects that are of great importance considering the nature of this type of work, permeated by risks.
Keywords : Police work; mental health.